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the united nations. a new political play. the confirmation of a would-be attorney-general loreta lynch is delayed health concerns and looming lawsuit. a battle over pork and pollution. a 20-year-old man is under arrest. police say he is the gunman that wounded two police officers and ferguson, missouri last first. the officers were shot outside the police department during protests in relation to the resignation of police she have thomas jackson, the sixth public official to resign or be fired following a scathing report by the justice department documenting racism in the police and court departments. the report is in response to the
shooting death of michael brown by ferguson police officer darren wilson. more arrests may come. >> at this point in the investigation, the investigation is ongoing. there's a lot to be done. >> st. louis country prosecuting attorney announced the arrest of jeffrey williams connection to a shooting injuring two police officers. >> essentially we charged him with firing shots. it's possible he was firing at someone other than the police. but struck the police officer. so the charges still assault in the first degree, class 8 felonies for striking the officers. >> reporter: in decision to those charges, he is charged with firing one weapon from a vehicle and three of armed criminal action. investigators are trying to determine how many from involved or if they were connected to demonstrators in the crowd.
the shooting occurred after midnight as officers confronted protesters. two officers were hit. one from the st. louis county police department. one from webster grove. they were treated and released from the hospital. the gun fire came hours after ferguson announced the resignation of police chief thomas jackson, following a week of high level resignations after a damning report from the justice department revealed a pattern of discrimination by the police and court system. it's been seven months since missouri teenager michael brown had been attacked by a police officer. that thrust ferguson into the national spotlight for all the wrong reasons. >> we hope that things will go back to normal and focus will stop associating ferguson with
violence. >> williams is from north st. louis country, but not ferguson which is a point that many in ferguson constantly make. many of the trouble makers come from outside of their community. >> let's bring in an activist and founder of the ferguson protestor newsletter, and he witnessed the shooting outside the ferguson police station, and we appreciate you joining us. what do you make of an roast in this investigation coming quickly. >> you know what is true two or three days ago is true today. we are protesting because the police department showed it was unfit to lead. the police were ambushed and that the protestor was embedded in the communicatee, those things are not true. that's what we found out. in terms of what this means for the movement. it doesn't change the trajectory at all. we are focussed on combatting a system that is prejudicial against black people.
>> the country prosecutor said that this suspect was a protestor. do you agree with that and do you have any idea who the person is. >> half of america is a protestor, and a protest means people who were against police brutality. in terms of what is he someone that regularly protested, i have never seen him before. there's another protestor who has gone. he has seen him that night. there are two people i know who said that they saw him that night for the first time. again, in terms of regularly we have never seen him. do you think the term protest scores is used a bit loosely? >> i think that people are asking if the situation is a protest in an attempt to discredit the movement. it has always been against violence. we have been against police killing black people. it's been anti-violent from the
beginning. i think people are using labels that are not in the interests of what we are doing. >> i think one of the reasons is in fact that the person injured the police officers the reason he was found is that there were people in the community that stepped up and said this is a person responsible. does that surprise you that it was the community that stepped up. >> no people remained focused on justice. doesn't mean that it stops. i would challenge you. protesters are part of the community. they are not two separate things. >> i didn't imply such. >> okay. >> okay. >> just to clear it up. >> okay. so what next in. >> the protests will continue i'm happy we have got through the period and we are in a space to learn about the motives it shooter, and resume what we do
which is combatting police brutality, we have not seen justice, we have the six resignations. the two high profile, being the town manager and the police chief. they had year severence packages hopefully to disband the police department a host of other important things finding fees that we press for. today is the 219th day of protest. i don't think it will stop soon. >> thank you for your insight. appreciate it tuesday is election day in israel, with a day left to campaign, the outcome is too close to call. the latest polls puts binyamin netanyahu's bid in serious jeopardy. his likud party trails the zionist union. the campaign trial brought him to tel aviv for a get out to vote rally. an effort to unseat binyamin
netanyahu, led by this man, isaac herzog who visited the western wall today. he will likely become the next prime minister if the prime minister wins more seats in the knesset than the likud party. this is watched closely by many inside and outside israel. we have more from imtiaz tyab. >> binyamin netanyahu has been trailling in the polls behind his nearest rival, isaac herzog who lead the dispionnist movement -- zionist movement camp. he's concerned. he wants a last election bump which is why many say he's come here. it's a bit too hard to say as to whether he'll get it. the people are commit to their cause, saying whatever happens in the election no land will be ceded to the palestinians. the people's view here is clear the anti-likud coalition is made from different groups with different motives.
for the election they have been working together like never before. al jazeera's dana lewis is live in jerusalem. >> hi half of israel's arabs live under the poverty line. they feel marginalized they are not treated as equal citizens despite the fact they represent 20% of israel's total population of 8 million. what has changed is for one of the first times they unified under a party list. if you look at some of the pre-election polling. if the numbers are true it may have a much bigger voice when the votes are tallied on tuesday night. >> reporter: at hebrew university in jerusalem. arab israelis are mobilizing like never before. this is one of many activists telling voters who make up 20% of the population you have to
make your voice heard, don't stay home. he explains four of the arab parties ignited under one list. >> we have shoot for 15 and have expectationing. >> what is different? >> a lot. >> using social media to get the word out. it's expected voter turn out to be higher. student activism has been intense, and the end in confrontation with security forces. it seems to get traction. first elected in 1999, it's predicted more than a 60% turn out. >> we decided to react to the demand in the streets. unite. you should unite. >> and accomplish what? >> one voice, strong and influential. we want the citizen in the
street wants to us have more influence on the decision-making process. >> not every student agrees with participating in elections in which minority parties are never invited in the coalition government. >> it's easy to see. what are you talking about. >> we have a zionist parliament. we have laws made the bills we make in our own parliament. we have arabs who claim their rights, talk about their rights they have freedom of expression speech, everything. what are we talking about, it's not real it's an illusion i cannot contribute to this illusion. >> in this election, more and more seem willing to participate. believing they will emerge with a more powerful voice. >> i think they can do something at last. when they are united together all the parties together all the arab parties together they can make a step forward easier
right now. >> what would be a step forward? >> to make it the voice of the minority. to make is louder. to hear it. >> to be clear, the arab parties will not be invited into a jewish coalition government nor would they accept an invitation. it's important to remember they identify themselves as arab palestinians, they are part of the palestinian struggle. the point is they may play a role if they get a big enough block on tuesday night in toppling the government and in the future they'll have a bigger voice if they get 13, 14, 15 seats in a new legislation that will be proposed in the future knesset of israel. >> dana binyamin netanyahu's speech - any chance that that speech tonight made any difference? >> well there's always a chance. the numbers in prepolling have
binyamin netanyahu behind. not by many votes. maybe the zionist movement may be ahead by they think four seats, if the polling results prove true on tuesday night. that's a big question because of the accuracy of results. once again, he stressed security, security that he is the guy to protect israelis, and most of the election the issues are social. it's about represent, housing and inflation. that's what people are angry about. that's why the west wing has greater appeal. >> thank you dana lewis, live from jerusalem a group of iraqi militia men have joined the fight against i.s.i.l. fighters calling itself the ricky peace brigade left the capital to help retake tikrit. they'll launch operations from samarra. the fight by forces to reclaim
tikrit began this month, home of saddam hussein. three male teens from the u.k. are under arrest in turkey on suspicions of trying to go syria to join the fighters. the suspects have not yet been charged and police have not released their names. three british teenage girls made it to syria. they successfully joined i.s.i.l. the vote to confirm loreta lynch as attorney is being delayed. senate majority leader mitch mcconnell wants to complete work on a human trafficking bill before holding the vote. debate broke down over a vision. democrats are angry saying the confirmation is a priority lynch will be the first black woman to serve as a law enforce. officer -- enforcement officer. the democrats say they had a chance to work on the bill and waited until this year.
>> the attorney-general nominee is suffering from the president's actions. there's no question about it. the actions he took unilaterally on immigration after the election enraged a number of members. lots of members have talked to the nominee. she had bipartisan support in committee. we'll take her up as soon as we get through some human trafficking bill. >> once the nomination is brought to a full vote on the senate floor lynch is expected to be affirmed. many are eager to see the current attorney-general attorney general eric holder go. >> hundreds of thousands have taken to the streets to demand impeachment of their president. crowds are unhappy with how dilma rousseff is running the country, and are angry over a corruption scandal involving the state-run company petrogas. she was elected three months
ago. pro-government rallies were held but with far fewer people taking part. meanwhile in venezuela parliament has enacted an enabling law at the request of president nicolas maduro. it gives him the power to make legislation for six months without consulting the national assembly. the president said it will help to defend against u.s. influence. the move is evidence of a dictatorship. this is the second time nicolas maduro received the pours. -- powers. join us in the next hour as we examine the tensions between u.s. and venezuelan. that is in the week ahead. when al jazeera returns, today is the beginning of the fifth year of still war in syria. secretary of state john kerry suggests it might be time to sit and negotiate with president bashar al-assad. people, a note exhibit at the united nations office, and an all-too real look at death and
syria is entering its fifth year of conflict. today is four years since protests against bashar al-assad and his government. more than 220,000 people have been killed in the year since then, and half of the country's population displaced. the rise of i.s.i.l. has further divided the nation. human rights groups said the international community failed syria. secretary of state john kerry appeared on c.b.s. "face the nation nation" saying the u.s. has to net with bashar al-assad of -- negotiate with bashar al-assad. >> we are working with others to reignite a diplomatic out come. why? everyone agrees there's no military solution only a
political solution. to get the bashar al-assad regime to negotiate we are going to have to make it clear to him that there is a determination by everybody to seek that political outcome and change the calculation about negotiating. that is under way now. and i am convinced that with the efforts of our allies and others, there'll be increased pressure on bashar al-assad. >> hundreds of people demonstrated outside the white house, protesting against i.s.i.l. bashar al-assad and u.s. policy. the united states and 14 other u.n. security council nations are sponsoring a photo exhibit at the u.n. the display featuring photos of those killed by the bashar al-assad regime. we'll warn you, some images in the report are graphic. >> the exhibit begins with a warning. the following images are disturbing. some turn away. others move in closer.
>> everyone should see it. carol works at the u.n. in the budget office and avoided the exhibit for several days after it opened. >> every morning i walked away and avoided it. today i came and looked at it. i'm glad i did. >> these 30 photographs are part of 55,000 imings smuggled outside of syria -- images snuggled from outside of syria. his job was to photograph the dead body, people tortured non bashar al-assad-regime prisons much the federal bureau of investigation authenticated the photographs. the document 11,000 deaths of detainees. taken between 2011 and 2013, the victims include men, women children and the elderly. all the bodies had signs of starvation and torture. >> with this evidence it is collected in a more vigorous way more than in the balkans,
rwanda. there are hundreds of thousands of pages that connect these murders, these tort tours to senior -- tortures to senior people in the regime. >> this man spoke at the opening saying more than 100 people in syria should be held responsible for crimes like these committed on a massive scale. >> we have a bill for the day. we won't rest until the day arrives. >> reporter: brook stone and her friends visited on a school trip and made sure to spend time at the exhibit. >> we walked through the first time and were told to look away if we have to. i think it's important not to look away. >> part of the process is they don't want people to look away. >> how did you prepare yourself. >> human curiosity takes over. you see a picture. where is this. what is going on why is it happening. are you kidding me it's mind blowing.
>> it will likely take an international criminal court to see justice served. but russia and china secretoed attempts by the security council to bring the situation to the i.c.c. meanwhile, the un estimates that 220,000 people had been killed in the conflict that began four years ago. al jazeera's syria contributor joins us from washington d.c. you just returned from the middle east. thank you for joining us. those pictures are understandably difficult to look at. let's talk more about how whistleblowers were able to get all the informs from within syria. all the way to the u.n. tell us about what you know about that process. >> well, in the case of the man who's code named cesar, he's the man who defected with all the images and did it with the help
of the rebels who took him to syria and a neighbouring country to jordan and he met with members of the syrian opposition, and they connected him with u.n. personnel and the right people. and he gave the images to the holocaust museum. that's a way of doing it. a lot of would-be whistleblowers that are inside the government would be very worried about doing something like that. it's more risky today. and not just against individuals, but families. >> the fact that there are is that a time an encouraging sign that the bashar al-assad regime is weakening at all from the inside? >> yes, that is a sign. and absent the case since the beginning of the uprising four years ago, we find in a lot
of - on social media and some publications, especially based out of qatar, that continuously publish leads, a lot of activists and others of such publications, they tell me they rely on not a huge number of whistle blowers inside the regime, but a small number that are highly praised and one reason they do it. they remain within the government as they are doing it to protect themselves but one reason they leak such information is they want their name to be published if and when the regime falls, and they hope they'll be protected from the wrath of the syrian people and the opposition. >> how do they cope with the
atrocities that happen in syria, often, sadly, there's a turning of a blind eye, and when you have images like this it makes it difficult to turn a blind eye to this. how big is this? >> it's important to remember that the war in syria is the first in the history of humanity that has unfold the before the eyes of the world in real time thanks to the internet, thanks to social media. so that said even you know as time passes and as people become more desense tied to the story of syria and the war and the images of violence, the silver lining is that there's so much evidence so much documentation and photograph and
video, and archives that will hopefully disallow anyone from getting away with war crimes unlike previous conflicts history. >> the world can't say they didn't know. they can't say they didn't know. >> thank you. >> thank you very much. >> thank you the subject of the ongoing tv documentary "the jinx" was arrested in new orleans. why timely custody. >> aide arrives in vanuatu after the cyclone. we show the extent of the devastation. 21 million pigs and 3 million people - the multi-million battle over farm pollution in iowa.
welcome back to al jazeera america. here is a look at the top stories. police in st. louis arrest a suspect in the shooting of two police officers in ferguson, missouri. 22-year-old jeffrey williams admits to firing the gun, but was not aiming at police. it's part of the process that follows the resignation of a police chief after a report has been released binyamin netanyahu addresses a crowd in tel aviv on sunday his party is trailling in the polls to the zionist party mitch mcconnell is holding up the inauguration of loreta lynch. until a bill for trafficking is pushed through a massive trop ibal cyclone
is swirling in the south pacific. it's on a collision course with new zealand. damage has been done it the island chain of vanuatu, where at least eight have died. we have this report. >> reporter: the full impact of cyclone sam is still being uncovered. some of the first images are beginning to surface. winds topping 165 miles per hour. ripped across the archipelago on sunday. most tiny homes no match. >> the house has been timely destroyed. >> totally. >> the window are broken. >> everything. >> assessing the dead and injured is difficult. now all communication systems in the island chain have been destroyed. much of the information we are getting is coming from aid workers who are already stationed there. alice clements from u.n.i.c.e.f. spoke to al jazeera by phone.
>> assistance has come from new zealand and australia. i can't strengthen enough the complexity of getting aid to this country. some places are only accessible by boat. >> reporter: vapt vanuatu is 1,000 miles off the coast of australia. 670,000 people live on 65 islands spread over an area the size of maine. with no power, communications or running water in the capital city the fear is that some outlined islands may have been wiped off the map. >> the last time i spoke to family, when i left last thursday, it's the weekend. three or four days. no communication with them. i hope they are well. flood warning for the ohio
river tonight. waters are expected to rise to their highest points 1997. possibility cresting in 68 feet. that's according to the ohio river coordinates. it's predicted it will last until wednesday. we have more. >> we have this a couple of different things happen that caused this. rain and sleet is one. we had warm temperatures across this area. because of of the know there's a lot of melting point. looking at the radar, everything is calm. we are dealing with flooding. the water starts to make its way down the river. we are talking about cincinnati on the river. we are talking about 57 feet. we are looking at civil feet above the flood statement. that's the highest since 1997. we expect to see, as you see
here, blood warnings all the way down to the river and the mississippi over the next couple of days. you'll see drier conditions on tuesday, we'll see rain coming that the forecast. making its way up the mississippi, this is not helping the situation as we go to the middle of the week, and as we go to thursday the rain is pushing into the river. >> the good thing about the rain, and we have good news is we are looking at exceptional and severe drought situations across the region the rain will help over the next day there. take a look at what we saw across the northern plains. rapid city today reached a temperature of 83 degrees. 43 above average. in the next couple of days things will change much we have a cold front coming into play. the temperatures will be significantly cooler than what
we have seen. >> it's all over the map. >> it's affecting everything and snow. i'll tell you about that next hour. >> rising global demand is leading to serious environmental concerns in states where cattle farming is big business. the largest beef producer turning out there 26 billion last year. the pork industry is expected to produce 4 billion. a quarter of that meat exported to other countries. a number of local and federal lawsuits taking on the issue. the state of ohio is at the epicentre of a new legal battle over factory farms. we have more. >> reporter: on the snowy plains of central iowa the stench of animal faeces and harmful
chemicals linger in the air. >> iowa is the kes pool of the world like we picked iowa as the place to sackry fires it's not okay. >> reporter: the ground is saturated with manure. polluting the ground. >> it makes you sick your throat raw, your head hurts, eyes red, your nose run, your breathing laboured. that is hydrogen sulphate and pneumonia. there's many toxins in it. >> we can't do it. >> rosie and her husband have been farming here for 37 years. about two football fields away from their home is a large corporate hog facility. they don't like it. >> people are afraid to speak up in farming communities.
it's very difficult to speak up. after they have been in a while, there's just family members that work at these facilities or drive trucks. they give them jobs. >> reporter: home to a $13 billion livestock industry the state leads the nation in pig bruction, and the corporate -- production, and the corporate factory farms. >> here in the state of iowa there are 21 million pigs in units like the one you see behind me. there's 3 million people. all the pigs excrete waste. $5 billion gallons of it per year. to put it into perpossibilityive, the largest salt water lake - it holds 5 billion gallons of water. it's the same amount of waste that the 21 million pigs excrete
on the lands in iowa. >> i'm in a lot of hog confine nts, they apply, farmers apply the hog manoeuvre on the land. >> that is what comes down seeps into the water, comes into the system where people are drinking it. that raises the lel? >> it adds to it. nitrogen applied goes into the ground. it's a big part of it. the hog contribute nitrogen and phosphorous. >> large-scale livestock farmers insist they are using techniques to stop manure and fertiliser draining into the waterways. >> i spread 15 gallons... >> this man inherited his grandfather's company, they raise about 200,000 hogs for cargill, a large agricultural company. >> it is literally zero degrees
out. pretty much our nasal passage kapt smell, but we can smell the odour from the pigs. there are people in the communities that say, you know they don't like the smell. they think you guys are destroying the area. what do you say to that. >> we are trying to be a good steward of the land. i see these people in church and wal-mart and all the different places. it's a respect back and forth. we are doing what we can whether it's through a biofilter. it takes it out of the air. >> the company is watched closely by iowa's department of natural resources to make sure it is following procedures needed to keep the air and water as clean as possible. >> it is a farm there is - there can be an odour at certain times. year we do the best to mitigate the best we can. >> it's a bunch of garbage. >> hugh runs the iowa citizens
for community improvement and says it's not the case since the state has just had over two dozen dnr inspectors monitoring over 8,000 farms. a surprising low tam. >> it's about big money interest corporations making as much as they can, with little regard for explanation, environment or how it impacts family farmers or how it impacts communities. >> in the state capital, the racoon and drummoyne rivers supply water to the 5,000 residents of central iowa. >> bill is the c.e.o. of a local water company, and needs money for equipment to fit or out the toxins, even though the company has the largest nitrate removal system. >> we are dangerously close to violating a public health requirement in removing nitrates. if or when we fail to do that it
will add to consequences, raising risks to a portion of our customers, and creating significant economic development implications for this area of iowa. >> that is why the utility is planning on suing three counties forcing them to monitor nitrate levels in the water, flowing south into dooum i hope -- dew mini. >> the elective leadership is resistant to our point. the governor the u.s. scrtry of agriculture, the -- secretary of agriculture, the state secretary of agriculture. one of the u.s. senators said you are picking a vote you have to give vol tourism or educating farmers on how to voluntarily change production methods. >> reporter: the department of natural resources says fines and other actions have been tape against some farms after -- been tape against some farms after
recent spills and some are under investigation. and making sure that guidelines is a process that requires occasional spot checks. we have stat ticks showing that levels have been improve. >> reporter: a big rain can boost the nitrate data making the numbers look worse than they are. >> so you can't control mother nature, we can only control what we do on the form in protecting our environmental resource and we are working on that. >> pork association says that it depends on when you take the reedings it's not accurate and that you guys are fudging it meaning upping it. upping the numbers. >> the geological survey has three monitors, they are checking nitrogen. right now throughout history, we have this low nitrogen this time of year. right now it's 15 milligrams. we never had to this high
before. >> al jazeera checked the monitoring data for that date. and the levels were beyond 14 npl, above the e.p.a. limit of 10 milligrams per litre. even though the pork association says numbers are coming down it admits there's a problem, and says it's trying to be a good neighbour. that is the marketing slogan. >> the e.p.a. says it, i don't know about the dnr. studies show that iowa has a water problem. we do. we'll suck it up. get it fixed. >> oh my god. >> we showed the iowa citizens for country improvement what the pork association told us. he was surprised that they admitted there was a water problem. it's a way to avoid oversight, government oversight, a way to say we'll take care of it.
that doesn't work. we need strong rules and reg u hagss, tough -- regulation, tough fines and penalty, we need to shut down polluters. what he is saying is a way to avoid all of that. >> people the partridges are farming in an area that used to be dotted with families making a living. >> a lot of general public things food meat bacon is coming from the family farm because they put the picture of farm a red barn with a green roof on the bacon backages or whatever -- packages i don't think people have a real grasp of where their meet is from. they may have a different idea of what is really there, and what is there is lying. it's public relations for sure. most of the guys are not doing the right thing, is that true.
>> i would disagree with that. everything is ejected. we have certain setbacks from waterway schools, houses things like that. every farm is different. it's like i go according to the plan. >> so you are following the rules. >> i follow the rules. dnr follows up on us. >> why are some farmers not following the rules. my, with the prices going up. if bumper strips were taken out. >> is this about money? >> it's about money, yes. >> the iowa farm bureau and 11 other groups released a statement saying that enacting regulations will do nothing to improve the water quality. dew mini water works disagrees, planning to file a lawsuit in federal court there have been several deadly crashes at railroad
it's been a year of deadly train collisions this morning an amtrak train collided after a driver drove through a railroad trigger. no one on the train was injured, but the driver died. and another, a vehicle driving past red signal light, struck by a freight train and pushed half a mile down the tracks. two of four passengers in the car were dead. the other two were taken to hospital. no one on the train was injured. the two cases are part of a string of accidents at railroad
crossings, where thousands of crashes happened each year. as lisa stark reports, some wonders what is being done to keep the crossings safe. >> half of all collisions involving trains in the u.s. railroad crossings out fitted with devices and gates. it's the fault of the driver who gets confused distracted or tries to beat the train. that happened in michigan in 2009. the driver tried to slip around the gate. an amtrak train ploughed into the car killing all five on board. there more than 200,000 crossings in the u.s. locations where vehicles and trains can come together. safety improvements of the crossings and education campaigns made a huge dins. in 1978 there were more than 13,000 accidents at grade crossings. in 2013 that dropped to just over 2,000.
an 85% decrease. and the number of deaths has dropped from a high of 1,115 in 1976 to about 251 in 2013. a 77% decline. still, about every three hours in the u.s. a person or a vehicle is hit by a train. here on this mta video, commuters are testing their luck runs across the rails, trying to cross the train. operation life saver, sa group that works to promote -- a group ta works to promote safety runs campaigns like this one. the train tracks stay focussed stay alive. drivers misjudge the speed of the train. how long it takes them to stop. a freight train can take a mile or more to stop once the engineer pulls the emergency
break. it's 18 football fields. now the federal government spends 200 million a year to improve safety money going to the states. 60% of the crossings have warning lights and gates. federal regulations requires the lights to flip and the bells to sound. 20 seconds before a train comes by. youtube is full of videos where drivers heed the warnings. this driver got out in time. most often the accidents are deadly it's one of the scariest rides in the southern hemisphere. it lived up to that legislation. the green lantern at the warner brothers theme park came to a halt. part of the wheel component fell to the ground after a bang.
six passengers intend three hours stranded 160 feet above the ground before being brought to safety. wow. no one was injured. that is scary. when al jazeera returns, the heir to a new york real estate fortune is arrested. why police are bring robert durs into custody. the connection between an art gallery in brooklyn new york and the presidential pals in afghanistan. a message of hope and optimism through art. bsh bsh
elderly neighbour in texas, but was acquitted on a self-defence claim in boston two from the l.g.b.t. were allowed to march in the st. patrick's day parade ever. organizers lifted a ban which was justed because it conflicted with the roman catholic religion. it took over 100 years to legalize the ban. the community in new york was made up from communities from all walks of life. this woman's gather is a president of afghanistan. as david shuster reports, the american-born artist finds herself balancing two worlds. behind where the camera is placed is a set of... >> this is a visual artist living in brooklyn. her new show opened recently a project from norway and a
selection of prints from a book called afghanistan, a lexicon. >> the lexicon was made in 2011. for me it's an important kind of project to do. it points to the sort of lesser known hist res of afghanistan. >> -- histories of afghanistan. >> reporter: she has a connection. her father is the president in a roundy and her mother is from lebanon. >> most of the time when i grew up there were wars in my parents' countries. for me the idea of politics has never been abstract but personnel. >> ghani has been an artist for 14 years. >> i'm also interested in the history of a place. >> reporter: her father a ph.d. that taught anthropology and
finance at the world bank has been the president of afghanistan for five months. >> at first i was surprised much and then you know when i saw him kind of in his element in afghanistan, it all made sense to me. >> reporter: that could be because the ghani family has been involved in politics for over 100 years. >> my parents are down to earth people. they have they are been interested in being elite in any way. they are only interested in being public servants and that's the way my brother and i were raised. >> reporter: and they were raised to pull together. when daughter began working on lexicon. >> it's a smaller selection in prints. >> reporter: she sought out her father's historical perspective. >> i'm drawing from a deep knowledge of afghanistan that he has. >> reporter: as for daughter
helping her dad. >> occasionally we talk about certainly aspects of politics. it's not like i have an advisory role. [ laughs ] >> reporter: still, the president of afghanistan and his american artist daughter share much in common. both are hoping to show what afghanistan was and what it could be again. >> and the history of modernism and intelentualism. all the other afghanistans that once existed and, you know could exist again, if not in the same forum, in an updated or transformed one. >> has your dad had a chance to see the exhibit in any form or fashion? >> no, not yet. he's a busy man. >> my mum dd. >> reporter: what was her rehabilitation? >> she liked it. she's very supportive. >> reporter: ghani's mother has an office in the presidential
palace where the first lady tries to help afghan women and assist hundreds of thousands in the country who are displaced. >> if there's something she things she can do with a minimal intervention, she does it. most of the time she's listening to people which is a valuable service. and service is at the heart of the family. they are all, in their own way, trying to help the afghan people persevere. >> the struggle of life is a theme. which is really about the struggle to realise a series of dreams and not necessarily able to recognise them fully, but the dreams persist and they condition, and are still there. and to be pecked up again. >> a message of hope and optimism from kabul to new york city i'm richelle carey in new
york. the news continues with thomas drayton. if you saw her walking down the street typical new yorker you wouldn't realise who her parents were. >> never look twice. >> good evening, hi everyone good to have you with us this is al jazeera america, i'm thomas drayton in new york. let's get you caught up on the top stories of this hour. >> we filed charges a few minutes ago an arrest made in the shooting of two police officers in ferguson, missouri. [ cheering ] campaigning is coming down to the wire in israel with a race that could see prime minister binyamin netanyahu swept from power. syria enters a fifth year of civil war as secretary of state john kerry says the time has come for negotiating with president bashar al-assad. the president of venezuelan gets sweeping powers to combat a